Thursday, December 09, 2010

Another Public Service Ombudsman bites the dust.

Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman announces plans to retire!

"Ann Abraham has announced today that she plans to retire as Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman towards the end of 2011.

She has advised the Chair of the Public Administration Select Committee, Bernard Jenkin, and the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Gus O’Donnell, of her plans and asked them to set in train the process for appointing her successor.

Ann Abraham said:

‘As Ombudsman, it is a great privilege to serve both Parliament and the public by helping to put things right when public bodies have not acted properly or fairly, or have provided a poor service. My Office has a clear and busy agenda over the next twelve months, with some important work in the pipeline. We stand well equipped to deliver this while the process of appointing my successor gets underway' "

I wonder what changed Ann Abraham's mind? Last year she told the Public Administration Select Committee that she looked forward to serving many more years as PHSO. 

The Department of Communities and Local Government knew Tony Redmond was going to retire in November 2010 way back in 2001, yet decided not to replace him until long after he had gone. This also happened when Jerry White retired. Yet when Pat Thomas retired in 2005 they found her replacement well in advance of her retirement. Have they decided, having experienced the problems that Mrs Seex has caused, that it is better to get rid of the old before recruiting the new?

Jerry White, LGO and Vice Chair of the Commission for Local Administration in England (CLAE), Tony Redmond, LGO and Chair of the Commission for Local Administration in England and now Ann Abraham Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman and a member of the Commission for Local Administration in England. 3 down, only two to more discredited Public Service Ombudsmen to go, Anne Seex and Jane Martin!